(aka “One of these days, I’ll write up that post about Dragon Age…”)
So, my tweet from last night (upon reading that Hachette will also move to an agency model for ebooks) not only got quoted by GalleyCat, it also became the post’s headline.
Um, hi, GalleyCat readers!
Before I send more links at you with Yet Another Update, I figure I ought to state this for the record (even though it’s probably kind of obvious anyway, and I know you’re a smart lot, but just in case):
I do not actually think Amazon should pull the buy buttons from any books, no matter how big or small the publisher, or how well any particular book or author is selling or not selling.
This hurts the authors. I don’t like hurting authors. I think pulling the buy buttons sucks, and that there had to be ways Amazon could have communicated their disagreement to Macmillan without kicking authors in the teeth.
The tweet was my smartassed, bravado-laden way of saying I’m so gorram proud of Hachette right now I could dance. True story: when I read the original GalleyCat post about it, I crowed “HA!” so loudly I scared a cat. (I did not, however, actually burst into dance, as I have no rhythm and the poor cat was already freaked out enough.)
Anyway, links to people far smarter than your hostess:
A new statement from Macmillan’s CEO. (For those of you keeping score at home: Macmillan 2, Amazon 0 on that. Still not a word from Jeff Bezos.)
Over at the Whatever, John Scalzi tells us why publishing isn’t going away anytime soon. In the form of a three-act play. With ass-kicking. He also interviews himself about the ongoing Amazon/Macmillan situation. He is truly a man of many talents.
Via GalleyCat, a picture of the New York Times ad for The Checklist Manifesto which lets readers know that the book is “available at booksellers everywhere except Amazon.” (Dear Macmillan marketing and/or publicity departments: /fangirl. Love, falconesse.)
Jackie Kessler gives us a one-week update and some thoughts on eBook pricing.
Cat Valente talks about what would happen in a future in which everyone self-published. (Spoiler: it’s not filled with rainbows and ponies and frolicking.) Also, look at her comments on what the people at her publisher do. A quote! For pony awesome!
If I hear one more person toss off editors like their completely irrelevant to the process, I’m going to have to smack an internet. This is not an auteur kind of gig. It is a team effort, and that is a good thing. What happens when one person has all the power to make artistic decisions without input from anyone else? The Phantom Menace, that’s what happens.
Blake Charlton, whose book Spellwright is coming out from Macmillan this week, has a conversation with the universe about What Happens to a Debut Author’s Brain on #Amazonfail
Also, my order filled with Macmillan-author goodness has shipped from Porter Square Books. /happydance. My offer from the other day still stands! Go forth and purchase books, o ye readers!
(And one more update, filed under “holy crap, the internets are full of win today:” The Authors Guild launches Who Moved My Button? since y’know, Amazon doesn’t notify you themselves. h/t to the ever-awesome Lilith Saintcrow.)
Update #2: First, Tobias Buckell does math for us, wondering why people want more expensive backlist titles.
And, according to PW, the buy buttons are starting to come back on Macmillan titles. No word yet on what the terms of the agreement were, though I suspect it’ll be Macmillan who steps up and fills us in, not Amazon.